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European Green Leaf

Towns and Cities, Growing Greener

The call for applications for the 2018 European Green Leaf competition is now open.

The 2016 competition is open to all towns and cities across Europe with 20,000 – 100,000 inhabitants.

The Spanish city of Mollet del Vallès and the Portuguese city of Torres Vedras were the winners of the inaugural European Green Leaf. The competition recognises the commitment of cities to better environmental outcomes. The scheme has a particular focus on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.

Read the Mollet del Vallès press release here

Read the Torres Vedras press release here

What is the European Green Leaf?

Gain recognition for your environmental achievements

The European Green Leaf is a new competition aimed at cities and towns, with between 20,000 and 100,000 inhabitants, that recognises commitment to better environmental outcomes, with a particular accent on efforts that generate green growth and new jobs.

The objectives of the European Green Leaf are threefold:green_leaf

  • To recognise cities that demonstrate a good environmental record and commitment to generating green growth;
  • To encourage cities to actively develop citizens’ environmental awareness and involvement;
  • To identify cities able to act as a ‘green ambassador’ and to encourage other cities to progress towards a better sustainability outcomes.

The European Green Leaf is awarded each year by the European Commission in conjunction with the European Green Capital Award. Eight cities from seven countries across Europe applied for the pilot 2015 European Green Leaf competition.  Find out more about the 2015 EGL here.


To underpin the work of creating an ever-better environment for European citizens, the EU adopted the 7th Environment Action Programme (7th EAP) entitled “Living well, within the limits of our planet”. It provides the basis for EU environmental policy up to 2020. This programme aims to enhance Europe’s ecological resilience and transform the EU into an inclusive and sustainable green economy.

The 7th EAP includes a specific policy objective “To enhance the sustainability of EU cities”. It foresees that the EU will promote and expand existing initiatives that support innovation and best practices in cities, enabling better networking and exchanges between cities and encouraging the leading ones to show how they lead on sustainable urban development.

The European Green Capital Award (EGCA) launched in 2008, is one such initiative. Following its success, many smaller cities sought EU recognition for their effort and commitment in the areas of sustainability and environment. In response, the European Commission launched the new pilot European Green Leaf initiative.

If you would like more information on the European Green Leaf competition,  write to: